All area codes are 850 unless specified.
Saturday, Nov. 10
Nonie and her ark of animals demonstrate the important roles animals play in our environment at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. Standard admission rates apply. Call 835-1824.
The Walton High School Air Force Junior ROTC will host a 5K Run/Walk to pay tribute to veterans at 8 a.m. beginning at the DeFuniak Springs Amphitheater, 1183 Circle Drive. Cost is $20/preregistration and $25/race day. Register at http://whsafjrotc.sites.runsignup.com. Call 892-1270, ext. 4475 for information.
Cottages for Kids
Cottages for Kids, a fundraising event that benefits Children’s Volunteer Health Network, Inc., will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends Nov. 10-24 on the East Long Green in Rosemary Beach for the public to view and for kids to play. Volunteers are needed help sell raffle tickets, serve as security around the cottages and other various duties. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Volunteer Guild at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast hosts its annual Holiday Sale Extravaganza from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 10 and 12-16. Shoppers will receive a 15 percent discount on most gift shop items and a 20 percent discount on varying holiday items. Call 278-3032.
Florida Trail Association
An overnight backpacking trip on Eglin near DeFuniak Springs begins at noon. Eglin recreation permit is required. Call 585-5150.
Cheeseburger in Paradise will host a Toy Drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot of the business at Silver Sands Premium Outlets to help local foster children.
A free appetizer card will be given for any donation of a new toy, and a 20 percent discount on lunch that day will be given for any food dropped off. Also, remember there are teenagers in foster homes, and gift cards or teenager gifts would be greatly appreciated. Call 357-3562 or 837-0197.
Coastal Holiday Market
The second annual Coastal Holiday Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Rita Church, 173 Moll Drive in Santa Rosa Beach. There will be more than 30 artisans and crafters, homemade cinnamon rolls and Boy Scouts to serve lunch.
One of South Walton's premier events celebrating the migration of the Monarch Butterfly, Flutterby Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 10 and 11 at Rosemary Beach's South Barrett Square, Main Street and Western Green. The event provides live music, interactive storytelling, animal encounters and an array of artists, vendors and exhibitors. A master gardener will be on hand teaching children the art of building a butterfly garden. The fun-filled day also includes a butterfly costume parade at 3 p.m., street games, face painting, and street and mural painting. The event is free. Call 622-5970.
Seaside Farmers Market
Get your pick of fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, native plants and other unique offerings from 8 a.m. to noon in the Amphitheatre behind Raw & Juicy. Enjoy special cooking demos and activities.
Sunday, Nov. 11
Krispy Kreme will honor veterans and active military personnel in uniform or with valid military identification with a free coffee and doughnut for Veterans Day at participating Krispy Kreme locations. No purchase necessary.
Low Country Boil
723 Whiskey Bravo, 3031 E. County Hwy. 30-A in the heart of Old Seagrove, offers a Low Country Shrimp Boil with boiled shrimp or crawfish and all the fixin’s plus live music from 3-7 p.m. Call 213-0015.
Singer/guitarist Bill Evett performs from 6-10 p.m. Fridays with DJ Shane beginning at 10 p.m. at Marie’s Bistro on 30A in Blue Mountain Beach. Karaoke takes center stage on Wednesdays; Kelsey Anna performs from 7-10 p.m. Thursdays; and Redd Sings from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays with DJ Shane beginning at 10 p.m. Shag Music & Dance Class is held from 5-7 p.m. Sundays with Ben Friedman from 7-10 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 12
Tommy Bahama’s Restaurant & Bar, 525 Grand Blvd. in Sandestin, presents Rudy Applewhite from 4-9 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Call 654-1743,
Pajama Time Story Time
Join storyteller Ms. Cheryl at 6 p.m. in the children’s room of the Coastal Library for some bedtime stories in your pajamas. This will be a quiet time for little readers to relax to a bedtime story in the comfort of their caretaker’s arms. Call 267-2809.
Zumba With Marcia classes will be held at 6:30 p.m. Mondays, 6 p.m. Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. Saturdays at Premiere Performers Academy in Santa Rosa Beach; 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at The Studio in Seaside; and 8:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Rosemary Beach Fitness Center.
A 45-minute Yoga Express class will be held at 8 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at The Studio, 30A Yoga in Seaside. Cost is $12 drop-in, no monthly fee. Call 320-237-4201 for more information.
Tuesday, Nov. 13
Book Lover’s Club
The Coastal Library Book Lover’s Club will be held from 10-11 a.m. in the community room of the Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach. New members are welcome along with their friends. Book to be discussed is Jane Austen’s work of choice.. Call 267-2809 or visit www.youseemore.com/walton.
Dannica Lowery performs live from 6-9 p.m. at Shorty’s Surfside Bar, 63 Hotz Ave. in Grayton Beach. Call 468-0417.
Jasmine Dance Studio in Santa Rosa Beach will hold a ladies adult jazz class from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursday. Call 217-6620 for more information.
Moms ‘CAN’ Do
Baby Boot Camp, the fitness and nutrition program for new moms, will offer free Moms “CAN” Do classes that incorporates canned food items into the workout at 9:45 a.m. Nov. 13 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin and 9:10 a.m. Nov. 14 at Morgan Sports Complex in Destin. Canned foods will then be donated to Destin Harvest in Destin.
Participants are asked to bring two 15 oz. (or larger if they are feeling strong) non-perishable food items to utilize in the workout and then donate after. To reserve a spot or find out more, contact Andrea Moak at 376-4497 or Andrea.Moak@BabyBootCamp.com.
Wednesday, Nov. 14
Seagrove Garden Club
The Seagrove Garden Club meets at 10 a.m. at Nick’s on the Beach in Blue Mountain Beach. Russ Barley, owner of Emerald Coast Florists, presents “Holiday Arrangements.” The cost to members will vary from $18 to $23 depending on the venue. Guests will be an additional $5. Reservations are required at 267-9586.
Restaurant Fire at Gulfplace hosts a fundraiser from 6-8 p.m. at 7 Town Center Loop. Money raised goes to Christmas Connection for local, impoverished, families by giving them a comprehensive Christmas or season.
The event is a $45 wine tasting paired with heavy hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction, a raffle to win a Fire dinner valued at $500 for four, and live music. Call 267-9020.
Northwest Florida State College will hold an “NWFSC-Get Started: What You Need to Know to Start College” information session for new and prospective students from 6-8 p.m. in the Student Services Center on the Niceville Campus. Those interested in starting at NWFSC in the upcoming spring term which starts in January are encouraged to attend. Call 729-6467.
Green Thumb Garden Club
The Green Thumb Garden Club will meet at 9:45 a.m. at the Coastal Branch Library on Hwy. 331 in Walton County for a "hands-on" workshop, making holiday wreathes, swags or centerpieces. Brunch will be served and is $20, payable by cash or check at the door. Make reservations by Nov. 11 at 650-5872 or email@example.com.
Arbor Wealth Management, LLC, a “Fee-Only” Registered Investment Advisory Firm, will host an “Income Generation Seminar” at 10 a.m. in the Arbor Wealth Conference Room. Strategies are most appropriate for investors with $250,000 or more of investable assets. Refreshments will be served. Call 608-6121 to reserve seating.
Florida Trail Association
A 6.6-mile hike on the Alaqua Trail near DeFuniak Springs at 8:30 a.m. Eglin recreation permit required. Call 651-0902.
Rosalina plays classic standards and show tunes on keyboard from 6-9 p.m. at Christiano's Ristorante in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 267-2185.
Thursday, Nov. 15
Ted Henry, a former TV news reporter who now conducts video interviews with spiritually guided people, will address the Emerald Coast Meditation Society at 6:30 p.m. at 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Rotary Club of South Walton
The Rotary Club of South Walton meets for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at the Embassy Suites, Scenic Hwy. 98 in Miramar Beach. Visiting Rotarians and their guests are welcome. Call 267-2929.
Fusion fitness class
Hope Lutheran Church, 3422 U.S. 98 W in Santa Rosa Beach, will offer a fusion fitness class at 9 a.m. Attendees may bring a mat, towel, water and light hand weights. Suggested donation is $5. Call 267-0322.
Thursday thread therapy
Needlers, knitters, crocheters and others come for free therapy from 4-6 p.m. on the porch at Yards N Yarn, 3770 Co. Hwy. 3280 in Freeport. Call 880-6404.
A Restorative/Gentle Yoga Class will be held at 11:30 a.m. at Balance Health Studio 30a in Seagrove. There is no cost to individuals currently receiving treatment for any type of cancer. Call 532-4295.
Friday, Nov. 16
Learn about the coastal dune lakes at 1:30 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. All programs require a $6 per car entry admission into the park. Call 267-8330.
Hansel and Gretel
The Florida Chautauqua Theatre presents a musical adaptation of Grimms’ fairytale, “Hansel and Gretel,” at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 and 17 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at 830 Baldwin Ave. in DeFuniak Springs. Tickets are $14/adults and $10/students 22 years and younger. To purchase tickets, call 892-9494 or email email@example.com.
Show off your holiday spirit with the annual South Walton Holiday Parade beginning at 4 p.m. Nov. 24. The parade will stage in front of the Seagrove Plaza (home to Garrett Realty & Bruno's Pizza), and roll down Scenic Highway 30A, past the rows of spectators and end in Seaside, where the celebration continues with the arrival of special guest Santa Claus and the lighting of the Christmas tree.
All entries for parade must have registration form and fee (if applicable) turned in no later than Nov. 16. Visit SeasideFl.com or call 231-6107.
The Order of the Eastern Star #281 meets at 7:30 p.m. at Herman Lodge on Madison Street in Freeport. Call 835-2314.
Saturday, Nov. 17
SouthernFare Dinner Series
WaterColor Inn & Resort presents a Georgia Farm to Table Dinner in the BoatHouse, featuring White Oaks Pastures, Gayla’s Grits and Georgia Olive Farms. Enjoy this elegant dinner prepared by the chefs at Fish Out of Water with finest beef offered by White Oak Pastures. Seating at 7 p.m. Cost is $65/++ pp res required. Call 231-7713.
Sparkling Wines and Holiday Lights
The Sandestin Wine Festival begins the holiday season with Sparkling Wines and Holiday Lights from 4-7 p.m. Stroll streets lined in twinkling lights and greenery and sip a variety of champagnes and taste featured menu items from various Village restaurants. Cost is $40/person. Must be 21 to participate. For more information and to purchase tickets visit sandestinwinefestival.com.
Thi Bod Fitness celebrates its grand opening at 6 p.m. in the Emerald Coast Plaza in Santa Rosa Beach with light hors d’oeuvres and a graduation of its first boot camp participants. Thi Bod Fitness offers Zumba classes and boot camp classes.
Bulls, Barrels Rodeo
Pleasant Ridge Arena, 1917 Pleasant Ridge Road in DeFuniak Springs, will host a Bulls, Barrels Rodeo at 7 p.m. featuring Blessed Bucking Bulls. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $10/adults, $8/children. Call 892-5398/
The Northwest Florida Ballet presents the magic of The Nutcracker at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Tickets are $28/adults and $14/ children 12 and under. Call 664-7787 for tickets or additional information.
Interact with the creepy, crawling world of insects at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. Standard admission rates apply. Call 835-1824.
Book Sale and BBQ
The Friends of the Walton/DeFuniak Springs Library will hold a book sale from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Walton County Fairgrounds. Pack as many books as possible into a plastic grocery bag for $2. Bags will be provided.
Baytowne on Ice
The ice skating rink at The Village of Baytowne Wharf will be open through Jan. 31 at the Apex Broadcasting Skating Pavilion. For $10 guests can skate for an hour and a half. Skate rental is $2. The first hour of each day is reserved for "kids skate" for youth 12 and under.
Season passes are available for $140. During November bring two non-perishable cans of food for Harvest House of Destin and receive a free skate rental. Call 816-682-1003 for times and special skating packages.